London: England"s new poster boy after the Ashes victory Stuart Broad, who turned down approaches from the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year so that he could prepare for a busy summer in 2009, will play the mega event if his body permits.
The other temptations will take a back seat. “It helped that I was still pretty fresh and had a lot of time to get my mind round an Ashes series," Broad said.
“My agent was speaking to different teams and I thought about it for some time, but it just wasn"t important this year," The Times quoted Broad, as saying.
Broad is not excited by the price he will attract in next year"s auction at the IPL. “It depends on how my body is and if anyone wants me," he said.
His body is not so good at the moment. A neck injury suffered while fielding in the first one-day international against Australia on Friday kept him out of the second on Sunday and he will probably miss the third game at the Rose Bowl as well.
“I dived for the ball, my elbow caught the ground and it jarred my shoulder and neck," Broad said.
“I went into a spasm. I"m having massage every day, but it is still a struggle to lift my arms. I think it is going to be tight for the Rose Bowl, but hopefully I"ll be back for the rest of the series," he added.
With Flintoff recuperating from his latest operation, England needs Broad to be at full fitness.